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For Immediate Release:
December 22, 2015
Media Contact:
Lidia Amoretti
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Jennifer Smith
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DRUNK DRIVING VICTIM'S FAMILY RAISES AWARENESS AGAINST DRUNK & DRUGGED DRIVING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Ryder Trauma Center Partners with Organizations in Hopes of Preventing Tragedy on the Roads this Holiday Season

In August 2013, 22-year-old Irina Reinoso was a passenger in a smart car driven by her friend, 22-year-old Mila Dago. Dago was driving drunk and texting her boyfriend when she ran a red light near downtown Miami, crashing into a pick-up truck. Irina was killed on impact, the driver of the pick-up truck survived.  Dago recently pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter.  

 “I feel a loud roar inside of me that calls her name and her silence is devastating,” said a tearful Ivania Reinoso, Irina’s mother, during a recent court appearance. “Some nights when I can’t sleep I recount all of her dreams. Her graduation, her wedding day, how she will decorate her home and all the places she planned to visit. All I have left now is her beautiful memory of 22 years.”

Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital is partnering with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) to raise awareness about drunk and drugged driving in hopes of preventing another tragedy on the roads this holiday season. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives. In the last year, more than 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
This holiday season, MADD is asking drivers to display a red ribbon in a visible location in their vehicle to remind others to always designate a non-drinking driver.

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 23, Ivaina Reinoso will join UHealth trauma surgeons and other Ryder Trauma Center staff and representatives from MADD to encourage people to avoid drinking and driving during the holidays. FHP will conduct demonstrations of their rollover crash simulator. Media is invited to participate and will have the opportunity to wear alcohol impairment goggles, simulating the experience of driving impaired.

Who:

Ivania Reinoso, mother of Irina Reinoso, killed by a drunk driver in 2013
Dr. Nicholas Namias, UHealth-University of Miami Health System trauma surgeon, and medical director of Ryder Trauma Center
Dr. Gabriel Ruiz, UHealth trauma surgeon
Victoria Franco, RN, BSN, Ryder Trauma Center
Sally Matson, victim advocate, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Joe Sanchez, spokesman, Florida Highway Patrol

What:

Ivaina Reinoso will join UHealth trauma surgeons and other Ryder Trauma Center staff and representatives from MADD to encourage people to avoid drinking and driving during the holidays.

When: December 23, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
Where:

Jackson Memorial Hospital
Alamo Park    
1611 N.W. 12 Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

Editor's Note:

Media can in Park Plaza West Garage (Green Garage)

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Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue Miami, FL 33136